Beer Definition Legislation Advances in HI

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Now under Senate consideration, House Bill 374 expands the definition of “beer” to mean any alcoholic beverage containing no less than 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume obtained by fermentation of any infusion or decoction of malt or any substitute, including alcohol seltzer beverages and excluding sake, cooler beverages, and other distilled products. The bill would also authorize brewpubs to sell beer so-defined that they manufacture, including beer manufactured on their premises, subject to certain conditions. Companion legislation Senate Bill 717 has successfully cleared the Senate.